LOST COUNTRY

Lost Country
Vladimir Perišić
SRB – F – L – HR, 2023, col., 98’
Serbian o.v.

Italian premiere

Serbia, 1996. Serbia, 1996. During demonstrations against the Milošević regime, 15-year-old Stefan has to go through the hardest revolution of all: face up to his beloved mother, spokesperson of the corrupted government. Based on Perišić own life, Lost Countrypremiered at Cannes’ Semaine de la Critique in 2023, where Jovan Ginić won the Rising Star Award.

 

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Serbia, 1996. During the student demonstrations against the Milošević regime, 15-year-old Stefan has to go through the hardest revolution of all. He has to confront his beloved mother, spokesperson and accomplice of the corrupted government that his friends are rising against. Based on Perišić own life, co-written with Alice Winocour, Lost Country premiered at Cannes’ Semaine de la Critique in 2023, where Jovan Ginić won the Rising Star Award, and was then selected in many international festivals including Sarajevo, Athens and Cottbus.

“I wanted to divert the genres a bit. Make a ‘coming of age’ film, the initiation of a teenager, with the various stages of learning and discovery, but in a ‘no future’ generation. I also wanted to make a political thriller but from a child’s point of view. I wanted to work on a representation of History but through the small form, which was also my experience of History at the time. I like the teenage films by Larry Clark, Gus Van Sant, and Harmony Korine but, at the same time, that’s an adolescence I never had. It was caught up in the weight of History.” (V. Perišić)

Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Vladimir Perišić, Alice Winocour
Fotografia / Photography: Sarah Blum, Louise Botkay Courcier
Montaggio / Editing: Martial Salomon, Jelena Maksimović
Musica / Music: Alen & Nenad Sinkauz
Suono / Sound: Roman Dymny, Olivier Goinard
Scenografia / Art Director: Marina Marković, Daniela Dimitrovska
Costumi / Costume Designer: Milica Kolarić
Interpreti / Cast: Jovan Ginić, Jasna Đuričić, Miodrag Jovanović, Lazar Kocić, Duško Valentić, Ana Simeunović, Boris Isaković, Pavle Čemerikić, Marija Škaričić, Helena Buljan
Produzione / Produced by: KinoElektron, Easy Riders Films, Trilema
Coproduzione / Co-produced by: Arte France Cinéma, Red Lion, Kinorama, Cosmodigital
Distribuzione internazionale / World Sales: Memento International

 

 

Vladimir Perišić
Film director and writer, Vladimir Perišić was born in 1976 in Belgrade. After studying literature at University Paris VII, he later graduated from film directing at La Fémis. His graduation film Dremano Oko, made under the mentorship of Chantal Akerman, screened as part of the Cinéfondation selection at Cannes in 2003. He has been co-director of the Belgrade Auteur Film Festival since 2011. The Trieste FF has presented all his films over the years.

Selected filmography
1996 Novembre cm / sf 2003 Dremano oko mm / ml 2009 Ordinary People; Premi / Awards: Sarajevo FF – Miglior film, Miglior attore, Premio FIPRESCI / Best Film, Best actor, FIPRESCI Prize; Cottbus FF – Miglior film / Best Film; Trieste FF – Menzione speciale / Special Mention 2014 Our Shadows Will (in Les ponts de Sarajevo diretto con / directed with A. Begić, L. Di Costanzo, J-L. Godard, K. Kalev, I. Le Besco, S. Loznica, V. Marra, U. Meier, C. Puiu, M. Recha, A. Schanelec, T. Villaverde) 2023 Lost Country; Premi / Awards: Semaine de la Critique, Cannes – Prix Fondation Louis Roederer de la Révélation a / Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award to Jovan Ginić; Sarajevo FF – Migliore attore / Best Actor

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